Expert: Public Transport Fare To Go Up In Armenia


Apr 2, 2009

YEREVAN, April 2. /ARKA/. Due to rise in prices for energy resources
the public transport fare is to go up in Armenia soon, said the
Chairman of Association of Consumers of Armenia Armen Poghosyan.

He said that the Association had once prevented fare increase in
the past.

In 2007, some companies raised the public transport fare from 100Drams
to 130Drams due to rise in gas prices. The fare remained unchanged
due to public discontent this raised and owing to the support of the
public organizations involved in protection of consumers’ rights. The
current cost is 100Drams for buses and route taxies and 50Drams for

"We are not all-powerful, yet we cannot accept this and we will
continue fighting against these price increases. Our front should
be broad and powerful, and the entire society should join us in this
struggle," Poghosyan said.

On February 27, Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission
approved the gas price increase from the current 84,000Drams per
1,000 cubic meters to 96,000Drams per 1,000 cubic meters as from
April 1. The price for electricity supplied by "Electric Networks of
Armenia" to consumers rose by 5Drams up to 30Drams per kilowatt-hour
in daytime and 20Drams per kilowatt-hour in nighttime.

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